Yes folks, the rumours are true: Red Earth and Street Dreams are going to Cannes!
Red Earth is sending its most sophisticated and classy member Jason (?) to go to the world’s largest film festival in the South of France from the 15 – 21 May. The reason for this visit is two-fold: One is to support our Street Dreams co-producer and good friend Chong Kim at the release of her feature film Eden; the other reason is to bring our mighty documentary, Street Dreams, to the world! With everything so financially tight on post production, this was a big call by us, but once a Red Earth supporter made a generous donation for this particular trip, we realized this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance; an opportunity we could not resist. So Jason will be packing his finest threads (both of them), some choice cuts from the Street Dreams rough cut, some rarely used arm deodorant and a heap of enthusiasm and heading to the French Riviera to bring the message of Street Dreams to the world stage. Jason leaves on the 14 May and Chong’s film screens on the 17 May, so stay tuned for exciting updates! Viva la Cannes!
As mentioned above, we are taking to Cannes two 5 minute segments from the Street Dreams rough cut. Over the last weekend, Jason and Mike locked themselves in a room in Adelaide to pull together a dynamic rough cut of Street Dreams. After two days, your Red Earth heroes were making excellent progress and a wonderful film was coming to fruition. But then suddenly Murphy’s law took hold and the editing program went BANG! This BANG took out 50% of our previous work which meant that after spending 5 hours trying to fix the files, all we could do is go back and redo the 50% of editing we lost. After that, Jason had to head back to Brisbane. Having said all this, the film is looking in excellent shape with the interviews of the trafficked girls being particularly powerful and moving. So despite all these setbacks, Red Earth pushes forward to a potential Street Dreams premiere and tour throughout Australia in July and August this year. Stay tuned for more details about that.
Thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement guys. We are getting closer everyday to bring the Street Dream documentary into the world.
PS – Do you think, while in a the South of France, if one holds a can of Diet Coke in a certain posh way, and sips it with air of eloquence, that the Diet Coke might pass as a glass of expensive wine?
Friends – We are now in the thick of 2012 and Red Earth Films has been knee deep in post production – amongst other exciting events.
Red Earth wishes Mike Crowhurst a great honeymoon next week in Indonesia, just two weeks after marrying his beloved Heidi high in the Adelaide Hills. Yet despite all of Mike’s wedding and honeymoon commitments he continues to find time to edit our first cut of Street Dreams. We hope that by April/ May this year we will have a finished cut for audience feedback. So have a good break Mike – there is lots of work to be done.
Red Earth also welcomes Chong Kim as co-producer to Street Dreams. Initially Chong was going to be just an expert interview for Street Dreams, but Chong has been so impressed by the film and its direction she has become Street Dream’s American advocate, giving us tax deductability status in the States and raising finance for us over there. This is just the start of Chong’s ongoing commitment to Street Dreams and we are excited by the the chance to work with her more closely in the future.
If you haven’t seen our new extended trailer as well as Chong’s reflection on Destiny Rescue and South East Asia then please have a look and pass it around to friends or anyone who is interested in what we’re doing.
Thanks for your support everyone and watch this space!
Chong Kim has been mentioned plenty by us these days, but for good reason: she’s jumped right on board the Street Dreams project and has been a major help and contributor to shaping its future. We are very thankful for finding her!
There are many Chong-related and instigated things happening with Street Dreams at the moment that we are holding back to reveal once they are more certain, but suffice it to say we are pretty chuffed about some of the stuff swirling around at the moment. Jason will be doing a message sometime soon with more details.
In the meantime, the feature film Eden, which is a tale based on the life of Chong, has just been accepted into the South By Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Texas! It is apparently one of 8 finalists chosen from over 1100 films to be in their top Narrative Competition. We are very happy for her and for the filmmakers who have had this success thus far! You can read about it all here.
Here’s a video that we cut together for Destiny Rescue and Chong Kim in which Chong reflects on her recent visit to see first-hand Destiny Rescue doing their work. Please share this and our links around to people you know. It’s all about raising awareness and inciting action, so please do help us with this!
We’re working hard in a number of areas to get the edit of the film completed, find more funding and get some major interest drummed up for the film, and it seems to all be happening which is great. We’ll keep you posted as developments occur, but in the meantime here is a slightly revised version of our trailer now featuring elements of Chong Kim in it:
As always, we welcome any fundraising leads or direct contributions, or connections to groups who might be able to help us with the film in any aspect of marketing, PR, broadcast & distribution. Thanks!!
Red Earth has just returned from yet another successful shoot in South East Asia. Crammed into only a week and half, this trip included Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia with a goal of reshooting missing footage from the present script including interviews with human traffic survivor Chong Kim. Chong has one of the most remarkable stories you could imagine and her first-hand experience with the human trafficking and sex industry will add a powerful edge to our documentary.
Again we were wonderfully catered-for by the Destiny Rescue team. It is always encouraging to see the ongoing success of DR as they continue to witness the transformation of girls who were once slaves to the sex industry. The work of DR made a huge impression on Chong as well. After being involved with many anti-trafficking groups in the States and around the world, Chong declared Destiny Rescue to be one the very best she has ever encountered. Chong has committed to help raise the profile of both Street Dreams and Destiny Rescue – a wonderful by-product of our second visit to South East Asia. It is true to say that in Chong, Red Earth and Destiny Rescue has found not only an ally and advocate, but also a good friend (despite the fact that we abandoned her in a hardcore Lady Boy bar in Bangkok).
Red Earth is approaching 2012 with great anticipation as we prepare for the Street Dreams post April release. Along with Chong, Street Dreams is finding more and more supporters from the most unexpected places. This support is leading to negotiations with broadcasters and distributers both in Australia and overseas. It is hard not to get excited by the possibilities but there is so much work to be done. Look for a new version of the trailer to be released within the next few weeks and keep an eye out on our website redearthfilms.com.au and on this blog for updates. Go to www.chongkim.net for more information about the amazing Chong Kim.
Finally, on behalf of Red Earth Films, we wish all our supporters and friends a good Christmas and a fruitful New Year. But as you prepare to spend quality time with family and friends, spare a thought and a prayer for those children who are being denied their liberties due to the oppression of human trafficking and the sex industry. May we all continue to work together in the New Year for their freedom and healing.
Jason Bray and Mike Crowhurst
Red Earth Films
Well, Red Earth hits the road again in South East Asia for another Street Dreams shoot. The goal of this trip is to fill in gaps in the present script and to connect with anti-sex trafficking advocate Chong Kim. As the story comes together, we are becoming increasingly confident that this is a compelling documentary. The inclusion of Chong and the chance to capture additional and fresh material will only make the film better still.
The trip will go from 5 – 17 Dec and will be mainly Thailand where we will reconnect with Destiny Rescue. Don’t forget to follow us here on our blog while we’re overseas!
For more information on Chong Kim our latest Street Dreams addition please go to www.chongkim.net, or here for information about her upcoming feature film.
All things going well, we hope to release Street Dreams in early 2012. Watch this space!